tisane

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From Anglo-Norman tysanne, Middle French ptisane, tisane (barley water, medicinal drink), and their source, Latin ptisana, from Ancient Greek πτισάνη (ptisanē, peeled barley, barley-water), from πτίσσειν (ptissein, to peel).

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tisane (plural tisanes)

  1. A medicinal drink, originally made from barley soaked in water; a herbal tea. [from 14th c.]
    • 1831, Alexander Macaulay, A dictionary of medicine, designed for popular use, 2nd edition, page 454:
      Ptisan. A diluent drink which makes a great figure in the dietetic precepts of the ancients.
    • 1928, Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train:
      “Neither,” said Poirot, “I shall go to bed and take a tisane. The expected has happened […].”
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 5:
      The sick people would take away also some herbs for their ptisan, some wine and other comforts […].
    • 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
      As soon as he had opened the door he worked his way back to his high-backed Queen Anne armchair, where he picked up his bone-china cup and took a sip of a rarefied tisane.

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Etymology[edit]

Latin tisana, ptisana, from Ancient Greek πτισάνη (ptisanē, peeled barley, barley-water) ‘peeled barley, barley-water’, related to πτίσσειν ‘to peel’.

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tisane f (plural tisanes)

  1. a herbal tea

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tisane f

  1. plural form of tisana

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